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Yesterday we had a look at a game to feel sensory overload like persons suffering from autism do. Another way of working on that topic using technology is the approach of an interdisciplinary team of mechanical engineers and autism experts at Vanderbilt University. They developed a humanoid robot to train children with autism. See the following video for details:
The researches demonstrate that robotic systems may be powerful tools for enhancing the basic social learning skills of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Writing in the March issue of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, the researchers report that children with ASD paid more attention to the robot and followed its instructions almost as well as they did those of a human therapist in standard exercises used to develop joint attention skill.